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Eglantine Chappuis, Enric Ballesteros and Esperança Gacia Distribution and richness of aquatic plants across Europe and Mediterranean countries: patterns, environmental driving factors and comparison with total plant richness Journal of Vegetation Science 23

Version of Record online: 18 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01417.x

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We explore the geographic patterns of γ-diversity of aquatic plants and identify driving factors. Southern and Western Europe are biodiversity hot spots, although no clear latitudinal species richness patterns were found. The relative abundance of hydrophytes over helophytes increases at higher latitudes, which correlates with greater water abundance at northern latitudes and with water scarcity at southern latitudes.

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